“Fear: False Evidence Appearing Real” ~Unknown
It’s Halloween! In this part of the world, that often involves visiting haunted houses and corn mazes; we actually pay money to get a good scare. Despite the predictability, we still jump and scream when the monster appears around the dark corner. The stress hormones rush into our system as the fight or flight response is triggered, as if there is truly something to be afraid of. That’s how it often is with fear – the level we experience is often significantly higher than the experience warrants.
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” ~Author Unknown
Anyone who has been in significant debt has likely had the experience of speaking with a debt collector, or several thousand of them. When I first entered that world a few years ago, I used to cringe at the sight of the professional bullies’ phone numbers, which I came to recognize quickly. I falsely believed I had only two unpleasant choices: take the calls or be stalked every couple of hours thereafter. Since I was dealing with several such companies at once, contending with them became akin to a full-time job, and believe me, it wasn’t one I jumped out of bed looking forward to each morning.
As many of you know, I spent much of the past month serving on a grand jury, an experience I entered kicking and screaming. I couldn’t wrap my head around the idea of sitting in a stuffy courtroom with no open windows for 19 days, listening to traumatizing testimonies, when I could be helping clients and enjoying a beautiful time of year the way I’m accustomed to. To someone who cherishes freedom, this truly seemed like a jail term.